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chown [options] newowner files

Change the ownership of one or more files to newowner. (Note: The BSD version lets you change the group as well.) newowner is either a user ID number or a login name located in /etc/passwd.



Change the owner on symbolic links. Normally, chown acts on the file referenced by a symbolic link, not on the link itself.


Recursively descend through the directory, including subdirectories and symbolic links, resetting the ownership ID.

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